Fire

The new fire and rescue service--institutional framework.(Comment)

It has been some time now since the publication of the Government's white paper, Our Fire and Rescue Service, and, while naturally the general reaction was to broadly welcome the first Government vision for the Service to be published for over 50 years, there was also a considerable degree of concern about the lack of detailed information/guidance within the paper

As the weeks have elapsed, it is now becoming clearer about the detail in the white paper, in as much that the Practitioners' Forum has had sight of and received a brief presentation about the national framework, which is expected to be launched in December. In addition to this a large number of seminars and perhaps more importantly roadshows, undertaken by the Fire Service Improvement Team of the ODPM, have taken place around the country, allowing for further consultation. …

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